Zlata Filipović: Stolen Voices Young People's War Diaries from World War I to Ira



Ife was so normal it never occurred to me when i was watching the news with my parents that children were living through the war I guess I wanted to believe it was a war between armys were normal citizens were not involved All in all this book is a really good read it makes you appreciate the life that you have I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed reading The Diary of Anne Frank and if you have not then this is a good book that gives you glimpses of childrens life during war Interesting book to read about children who were affected during wars My favorite story was one on a war that I didn t have much prior knowledge on This is not a book for entertainment but rather an educational piece The editors did an excellent ob at picking diaries from a diverse group This book truly saddened me but I would love to include some of these entries in my classroom also multiple cats die in this book I don t know why this fact disturbed me because it is a series of diaries from young people during times of horrible wars but I was especially disturbed by this This is a selection of diary entries from tweens and teens who experienced war either on the home front or on the front lines during the 20th century It was most illuminating to see how their perspectives on war changed over the course of their entries and between the different diariests The early writers seemed so in favor of war and wanted to go and fight themselves But by the end of the century every diarist believed from the beginning that all war was horrible Another consistent theme was deprivation doing without food elecrticity etc I felt sympathy for all of these children Even the boys out fighting in their diaries they seem so ignorant of the reasons they are fighting and want only to get on with it and get home It really drove home how most soldiers have very little chance to determine anything in their lives Another interesting Downtime juxtaposition was between the diaries of an Israeli girl and a Palestinian girl Both felt so sure that their side was in the right but neither could put a finger on why there was any fighting going on the first place andust wished it could stop It was uickly evident however how much the Palestinian girl was suffering from the conflict Both An Allegheny Homecoming just wished it would end and there could be peace One thing that was too bad was that all the entries were American European or Middle Eastern so large portions on the globe were left unrepresented Of course the editors were aware of that they said it was very hardnext to impossible to get young people s diaries from other parts of the world where things were too desperate for writing most folks were illiterate or there was no cultural trend forournalin. S today Profoundly affecting testimonies of shattered youth and the gritty particulars of war in the tradition of Anne Frank this extraordinary collection— the first of its kind—is sure to leave a lasting impression on young and old readers ali.

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Stolen Voices by Olara AOtunnu is a book of young people that wrote diaries during World War I to the war in Ira This book is very interesting in a way that makes you think what you would have done in their place The kids had to hide from people or had to participate in the war leaving their families behind Some of them died some had to suffer and then die There were too many characters to list them all but all of them teach me an example to be strong on what I believe and to not let fear change what I think it is right How the way the book is written makes visualize the character s setting their face when they knew the police was going to get them for not following the laws or when they had to hide and then they would hear footsteps and they had to stay still for a while hoping they wouldn t get caught Then I would put myself in the situation and think how they could be so strong Every time I would read that book I was excited none of the pages were boring every day I was expecting something exiting I do recommend this book I really liked it This as an anthology of young people s war diaries from World War I up to Ira It was painful to read because it really puts a face on war A few of the diaries particularly stood out to me one from a Jewish girl who got sent to England to save her from the Nazis She lived with a foster family and filled her diary with her longing to see her mother and her home again There was also a ournal from a Japanese American in an internment camp He filled his pages with humor and kindness and loyalty to the US despite the injustice it was committing against him The Ira war diary held me in a completely different place because we still don t know how that story endsThe end of every diary had an afterward where the editors let us know what became of the diarists I cringed at the beginning of each afterward because I didn t want to hear that the diarist hadn t made it through the war as many of them didn t I think every official who has the power to declare war should read this book The effects of war on young people are often forgotten Stolen Voices gives a voice to these very real people who faced war Readers will get glimpses into the lives of diaries from young people who were effected by wars from World War I to the Irai war that began in 2003 and everything in between including the less well known conflicts such as the Balkan s War and the Second Intifada that began in 2003 These very real diary entries show the fear terror homesickness loneliness and pain of war but also show the wonderful resiliency of youth in times of trouble Stories of overcoming and perseverance can be found in almost all the stories Stories come from both boys and girl. From the author of the international bestseller Zlata's Diary comes a haunting testament to how war's brutality affects the lives of young people Zlata Filipovic's diary of her harrowing war experiences in the Balkans published in 1993 made her

S soldiers and lay people children who are forced from their homes to distant and different countries and those whose families decide to stay home during the conflict and where possible entries are given from both sides of the conflict Come experience the heartbreaking and heartwarming lives of teens during war What surprised me was the variety and often contrary feelings expressed in the ournals Pride loneliness love hate anger confusion and perceptive understanding all have prominent places in each ournal entry The innocence yet understanding of each entry is astounding The authors did a wonderful ob of varying the points of view given Entries from boys and girl soldiers 12 year olds and 21 year olds and people on both sides of the conflict are represented war really is universal It does not spare anyone Those who like history will love to read the real The Fixers journal entries of people who lived through these times in history A very sad book Not a book for entertainment but for perspective and education Very interesting to hear about different wars from the voices of those who you do not normally hear The editors did a goodob choosing a wide variety of diaries from many different sides of each conflict Growing up I was fascinated by Historical Fiction and Historical Memoirs especially those connected to wartimes It wasn t necessarily the wars themselves that interested me catalogs of battles and strategies don t stick with me for very long Rather it was the human experience and the changes one experiences during war that held my atte I really enjoyed this bookSo many books about World War I and II explain how it effected each country but it was a nice change to get first hand accounts Each diary was interesting to read and I could not help but keep reading I bought this book for one of my history classes I only needed to read four of the diaries but I could not help but continue reading I could feel myself getting really involved in the teens life and I sometimes ended up crying when I found out some of them had diedThe one diary that really sticks with me was Nina Kosterina who was a 12 15 year old in Moscow during Woprld War I So much of her diary wass talking about friends school and boys she liked It ust seemed like the diary of anyone of the girls I grow up with so I started see her as one of the girls I went to school with and when I read that she was killed on the Russian front it was almost like losing a friendThe other one that caught my attention was Hoda Thamis Jebad who was 18 19 years old in 2003 2004 during the Ira War What really struck me was that she was living in a war zone losing friends and not attending school I was around 15 at the same time and my Globally recognized spokesperson for children affected by military conflict In Stolen Voices she and co editor Melanie Challenger have gathered fifteen diaries of young people coping with war from World War I to the struggle in Ira that continue.

Zlata Filipović is a Bosnian Croat writer and author of the book Zlata's DiaryFrom 1991 to 1993 she wrote in her diary called Mimy about the horrors of war in Sarajevo through which she was living Some news agencies and media outlets labeled her the Anne Frank of Sarajevo Unlike Frank however Zlata and her family all survived and escaped to Paris in 1993 where they stayed for a year